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FC Barcelona News: 19 November 2013; Xavi Doubtful for Granada Game, Cesc Fabregas Back in Training

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Xavi doubt for Granada game | FC Barcelona
The Club’s medical services have revealed that Xavi Hernández has a thigh strain in his left leg and over the last few training sessions has been given specific work to help his recovery, which will determine his availability for Saturday’s game against Granada.

Cesc trains with the team | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona players returned to training this rainy Monday afternoon after enjoying the weekend off. Cesc, who picked up a tendon sprain in the team’s most recent league match, participated in the session. Jordi Alba and Gerard Piqué continued to work apart from the group.

Messi: injuries are just down to "bad luck" | FC Barcelona
Messi admitted that his latest injury was a blow: "I feel sad – I wasn’t expecting it and it’s an injury that’s come right after another one. I’m not worried though – it’s just one of those things, there’s nothing strange about it and no story behind it, A knock, a bad movement and I get injured ".

Sergio Busquets: "When Messi comes back he’ll be at 100%" | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets, who is currently in South Africa with the Spanish national team, phoned in to Onda Cero on Monday evening to talk about, among other things, Barça’s level of play, Messi’s injury, and his personal favourite to win the the Ballon d’Or.

Messi refuses to rush Barcelona return - Yahoo Eurosport UK
There were rumours that Messi, who has scored 223 goals for Barca including 14 so far this season, had changed his diet, which could have been a contributing factor to his run of injuries. But he put the record straight, saying: "(That is) not true. My diet is the same as ever. A lot of things have been made up. "I do the same as always. And I started the pre-season with my ideal weight to reach the end feeling good. Nothing changes."

Barcelona confirm Ter Stegen & Reina interest -
"We have been looking for a new goalkeeper since January and are in advanced negotiations to sign someone," Bartomeu told RAC1. "The plan is to announce who will be our new goalkeeper in January, when Valdes makes his imminent exit official. Ter Stegen and Reina are among the few candidates still on our list.

Jordi Alba: "I'm feeling better now" | FC Barcelona
Alba explained: "I’ve gone through a bad time – a really bad time. I’ve never been injured before and then I pick up one that rules me out for three weeks and now this one for six. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I’m feeling better every day and I'm eager to train and start playing with the rest of the team".

Song and Bartra: two more FC Barcelona players stake claim for place in Brazil | FC Barcelona
This weekend’s internationals have demonstrated that there are two more Barça players who look set to stake a claim to be on the plane to Brazil next summer: Marc Bartra and Alex Song. Bartra made his full debut with the World and European champions in a friendly against Equatorial Guinea, whilst Song helped Cameroon book a place in the World Cup Finals by beating Tunisia 4-1.

Cesc Fàbregas, a goalscoring machine away from the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Cesc is proving to be lethal away from the Camp Nou. Stats from FC Barcelona’s midfielder show that he’s exceptionally accurate in front of goal when Barça play away from home: he’s scored 21 of his 34 goals for the first team away from the Camp Nou, that’s nearly 62% of his total goals. This figure is better than Messi, Pedro and Alexis’ goal percentages. In fact, most players score more goals at home than they do on the road.

Mascherano starts for Argentina against Bòsnia-Hercegovina (2-0) | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano captained Argentina in their 2-0 win in the friendly against Bòsnia-Hercegovina held at the Busch Stadium in St Louis. It was Argentina’s last game of the year and with Leo Messi out injured, Sergio Agüero shone scoring a goal in each half.

Just another Catalan derby… | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"It’s your first time on the north terrace," declares an older boy. His younger companion, nervous and excited, nods. He’s 14 and with three mates. They’re queuing in the rain to buy tickets for the uncovered stand behind the goal. Six Euros dug out of his still dry jogging pant bottoms secures this lad’s entrance to this important rite of passage.

Second leg of Cup tie set for Tuesday 17th December at 22.00 | FC Barcelona
Barça's second leg game against Cartagena at the Camp Nou in the last 32 of the Spanish Cup has been set for Tuesday December 17th at 22.00. The first leg will be played on December 6th, also kicking off at 22.00.

Real Madrid to be compensated by FIFA for Sami Khedira injury - ESPN FC
Real Madrid look set to receive at least 2.5 million euros in FIFA compensation with Sami Khedira likely to miss the rest of the season due to the serious knee injury picked up with Germany last weekend. Khedira suffered tears to both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in Friday’s 1-1 friendly draw with Italy in Milan, and now faces a race against time to recover in time for next summer’s World Cup.

Ancelotti says Madrid won't buy in Khedira absence - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"We have been unlucky, especially with Khedira. For Xabi it is a knock," explained Ancelotti to reporters today. "We are not thinking about buying anyone in the winter transfer market. Khedira is very important for us. We have to find another solution and I am sure we will cope with this significant absence. Xabi’s knock was dangerous, it was a very aggressive game he was in to be called a friendly.

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